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New England Aquarium

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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New England Aquarium Admission
From US$27,95*
New England Aquarium Admission
From US$27,95*
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The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110-3309
+1 617-973-5200
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Reviewed yesterday

It is nice if you live in the area or if you are already going to the area, but this is not an aquarium worth traveling to. There are minimal exhibits - the largest is the penguin exhibit and a huge fish tank. I had...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LUCILLE1982
Reviewed 2 days ago

This aquarium was pretty big with all types of marine life. They had seals which was pretty cool since there are not many that have them in the US. There is a massive tank in the middle that shows how the environment changes from the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Meekash
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First I’m from Florida so we have tons of aquariums so my expectations were too high. It’s mostly focused on the one big main aquarium that has a path that goes around n around it. Has penguins, sea lions n fish. Not much interaction for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jennifer m
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very crowded on the weekend, but during the week you can usually dodge the crowds. If you're a sea life enthusiast, you can easily spend all day here, so I recommend getting started in the morning. Making it all day event also makes it completely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ivasogo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We live about equal distance between here and Mystic. Mystic was at least $10 more per person. But, the parking near Boston aquarium is atrocious. I did some research and we parked about 1/3 mile away and booked the parking in advance. It was $10....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 330jfc
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Regular Admission prices are way way too high, try to find some discount ones. That said the aquarium is still nice to visit occasionally. It is often quite crowded. Only took about one and half hours to go through the whole place. Shark and Ray...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank corymc29
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took our grandchildren to the aquarium. There is an amazing penguin display and the usual "ocean life" displays but we went on a Saturday and it was so packed you could hardly move. I wondered if they were over their capacity. We decided to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 849kerrys
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We try to catch aquariums any chance we get. This was a truly excellent experience. The staff is great and just nerdy enough to not doubt their dedication to the place. The layout and path are well thought out and provide a wonderful way to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jamesmadconductor
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a Saturday. Would never go on weekend again. Could not get to see anything due to the strollers all over the place.. I understand that kids want to see but folks be aware that there are others that do not have strollers...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lainie6161
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, you can purchase discounted tickets in Boston Common. We only saved about $10 on 5 tickets but we didn’t have to wait in line at the aquarium either. Now, this isn’t going to be totally fair to the this facility because it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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18 April 2018|
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Response from Stephie4821 | Reviewed this property |
In my honest opinion I think the aquarium is nice, but very overrated. I’ve been to Ripley’s years ago. Not sure how it is now, so I really cannot give a review.
1 April 2018|
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Response from Ray S | Reviewed this property |
there is a small outdoor section but most of the fish are indoors.
25 May 2017|
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Response from G2204PWjohnh | Reviewed this property |
Especially on “school days” 1-2 hrs is the most you will need or can stand. Very crowded, School escorts letting teenagers run in packs. Not to be negative, if you a small adult crowd or good child management with parents... More